Janice Carlsen, 78, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 in Taylorsville, Utah. She had been struggling with congestive heart failure and chronic hypoxic respiratory failure for the last few years. Most knew her as Jan or Grandma Carlsen.

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Janice was born October 16, 1941 at her home in South Salt Lake City, Utah to Soren Eskel Peterson Jr. and Luella Alice Rugg. She is the 6th of 9 siblings and 10 half-siblings. She lived a happy childhood, learning to work together, be responsible, and care for others.

Janice was quite the flirt. She was very popular in high school and loved dancing. She graduated from Granite High School where at a dance, she met the love of her life, Willard Charles Carlsen. Jan and Will were too young to be married in Utah, so they eloped to Blackfoot, Idaho on June 25, 1960. They were later married in the Salt Lake City Temple. They had 7 children; Willard Jr. (Billy), Shawn, Ryan and Randy (twins) DeAnn, JoAnna, and Rhonda and one foster-son, Russ Pearson, whom she has always considered her own. This June would have been Jan and Will’s 60th Anniversary.

Janice worked for a while before becoming a mother and homemaker. She was attentive to her children and worked hard to make her house a home of love. She always gave her children the chance to speak their mind as she was a great listener and also gave good sound advice. She had genuine care and concern for all of those around her. Family-friends became family, and you could talk to her about anything, as her door was always open.

She loved camping and boating with her family and had a permanent spot at Echo Reservoir for 20 years. Echo was a cherished family past-time that brought many family members, friends and distant-relatives together thanks to what Jan and Will started so many years ago.

Janice always welcomed you and asked if there was anything you needed or if there was anything she could get for you. She loved to be prepared and always reminded others before they left anywhere to be prepared for emergencies. She enjoyed playing card games, spoons, pinochle and progressive rummy. She enjoyed shopping, going out to eat and she loved a good dessert. Especially, cake and Aunt Jenienne’s brownies with nuts. She enjoyed elegance and beauty in life, but was always happy to find a good deal. She was loving, kind, and generous. She always sacrificed her time for her family and helped them when they were in need.

Janice was a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She had a very strong testimony and great faith. She is grateful for the day she learned about her Redeemer. She has said that it takes on new meaning when you know that He lives!

She has always been the glue to her family and we will all miss her tremendously. We know she is happy to be free from the pain she had, and that she is welcomed and excited to see her family in heaven on the other side. We know she will always be watching over us in Spirit and will be waiting for us with loving, open-arms. She loved her family, grand-children, and great-grandchildren more than anything.

She is preceded in death by her parents; Soren Eskel Peterson, Jr., Luella Alice Rugg; her siblings Ladonna Kingston, Ruby Ellen Pollard, Raymond Eskel Peterson, and Viona Fawn Kunz, and her twin sons Ryan Eskel Carlsen, and Randy Scott Carlsen.

She is survived by her husband, Willard Charles Carlsen; her children Willard Dean Carlsen (Marilyn), Shawn Charles Carlsen, DeAnn Marie Hansen (Clifford), JoAnna Luella Turner (Tom), and Rhonda Lee Amicone (Tim); The more the merrier her siblings; Thelma Beth Brown, RoMell Peterson, Jenienne White, and Tom Lynn Peterson (Tommy); 22 grand-children, and 40 great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held Monday, May 4, 2020 from 9:00am-10:45am at Redwood Memorial Estates, 6500 S. Redwood Rd. West Jordan, Utah 84123. Due to the COVID-19 guidelines, only 20 people will be allowed to participate in the viewing at one time. As people come out, others will be allowed in (personal masks are welcome, but not required).

Funeral Services will commence at 11:00am and will be held outside at the gravesite so that ALL who desire may attend. Some accommodations will be provided; however, we ask that you bring your own camping chair or blanket, if you have one, so that we can accommodate all who want to attend. As Jan would say, “The more the merrier.”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks you consider a donation directly to the family for the beautiful flowers they have already purchased. To donate, please use the app Venmo, and search @Rhonda-Amicone to donate to Janice's daughter, Rhonda.

For those who may need, there will be an ASL interpreter available at the services.

To participate in the services from your own home via live-stream, the instructions are listed below.


1. Joining by computer

a. Go to zoom.us in any internet browser

b. Click “join meeting”

c. Enter the meeting id - 8012981564

d. A box will open saying “https://zoom.us wants to open this application”. Click “open zoom”

e. Click “Join with Computer Audio”

f. Click “Mute” in the bottom left hand corner so that your audio does not interrupt the funeral services

2. Joining by phone or iPad

a. Download the Zoom app

b. Open the app and select “join a meeting”

c. Enter the meeting id - 8012981564

d. Select “join without video”

e. Select “Call using internet audio”

f. Select “mute” in the bottom left hand corner so that your audio does not interrupt the funeral services.


Services Handled By

Memorial Redwood Mortuary & Cemetery
6500 S Redwood Rd
Salt Lake City, UT

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May 01, 2020


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You are the reason I am who I am. Thank you for everything. There are no words that could ever thank you enough nor express the deep appreciation I have for you as a person and as a Mother. You are such a wonderful role model and person. The world would look so much brighter if others thought and acted as you have in your life. I love you dearly! I miss you daily. You are forever with me, and forever in my heart and soul. Love you!

Rhonda Amicone Jun 16, 2020

To Jans family. It was such an honor to reconnect with Aunt Janice over the last 20 years. She was such a pleasure week after week being able to do her hair for 10 years was such fun. Many of her adventures with her kids and Grandkids. She loved to share how proud she was of all of her family and the awesome times she had at the lake. She will definitely missed by all we love you tell my Mom hello.

April Davis Paulus May 15, 2020

Love you April! :)

Rhonda Amicone Jun 16, 2020

Hello Cousins, my deepest and sincere condolences are with the Will and Janice Carlsen family at this time to hear of Janice passing away. I am truly sorry for this to have taken place. My prayers and wishes are that you feel comfort and peace in your heart. Love you, Sheryl Palmer

Sheryl Palmer , West Jordan, UT, US May 11, 2020

Thank you Sheryl! Much love.

Rhonda Amicone Jun 16, 2020

My beautiful mother! You will be missed, yet we know your Spirit is free and you are in the service of God and your Savior Jesus Christ.

May your next journey on the other side be a joyous and Grand experience! Tell our loved ones hello for us in that great and wondrous reunion in the Heavens!

DeAnn Hansen , West Valley City , UT, US May 01, 2020

How I love you sweet sister! You are a delightful soul and a precious gift to our Mother. I know how she loved me, and I know she loved you so tenderly as well. I am so grateful for you both in my life and so grateful for the warrior you are. Love you!

Rhonda Amicone Jun 16, 2020